National Apprenticeship Week 2021
Kian Smith

Kian is an Apprentice Joiner in our empty homes team.

Kian SmithWe spoke to him about his apprenticeship and what made him decide to pursue this career path with Guinness.

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

I chose an apprenticeship because I think the idea of learning and earning at the same time is great. The idea of being taught by someone who has been there and done it themselves really appealed to me.

Did anyone help to influence/support that decision?

Yes, I have seen how successful family and friends have been in their companies today by going through the apprenticeship route. It was something I always wanted to do.

What has been the highlight of your apprenticeship journey?

Starting to do tasks on my own without help. When I first started on site, I always thought to myself, ‘how am I ever going to do all these things on my own? There’s so much to learn and perfect.’

My mentor, John Anderson, has been brilliant with me. He has taken the time to show me new things and help me progress my skills. I know if I’m ever struggling with anything, John will be there to help.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

Hopefully still at Guinness working in empty homes as a multi skilled joiner.

What advice would you give to somebody thinking of going into an apprenticeship?

Definitely go for it, getting an apprenticeship is the best thing I have done. Guinness has really looked after me and I’m looking forward to the future.

In one work describe your apprenticeship journey

Brilliant.